This is a sponsored post by Microsoft but the fabulous gift ideas, including the tablet, are my ideas that will make your shopping experience this holiday for tweens a heck of a lot easier.
The tween years, in my 19 years of parenting, have been the hardest to buy for. The early years kids want everything they see in stores and on commercials. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. The teens know what they want which is both fabulous and bank breaking. The tween years? Not so easy. I asked Colton a few days ago what he wanted for Christmas as it occurred to me he had mentioned nothing and he replied, “I don’t know mama. Just surprise me.” The dreaded answer.
Below is a list of great tween gift ideas. I have bought all of them over the years for my older two and will be using it this year to buy for Colton.
1. Tablet. They aren’t quite ready for a cell phone but it’s time to start teaching them how to manage, while you watch and with parental controls, the electronic world that is about to become their reality. This HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet for $99 is a great option to get ahead of holiday deals. THAT is a great deal and the perfect first step into this crazy world.
2. Jewelry. Earrings or a necklace with their first initial dangling from a charm for the gals and a sporty watch for the boys.
3. Fun & stylish alarm clock. Start training them early to wake themselves. You will be happy you did when they are in high school. Trust me. I failed on this one.
4. Shake it like a Polaroid picture. What is old is new. Show them how the original selfie was taken.
5. Wall art. Whether it’s their favorite sports team, boy band poster, their initals or an inspiring saying, tweens love their bedroom. And they are about to start loving it even more. So deck their walls!
6. Clothes. Remember when you were their age? Style matters. They are closing in on the teen years and figuring out their own fashion sense. Get them a few of those items they have been begging for all year.
7. Lessons. Do they have a knack for photography or at least a desire to learn? What about guitar or voice lessons. Whatever their passion, how about private lessons for a month to see if they really love it or just think they will.
8. An experience. I LOVE this one. A day trip to the amusement park of their choice with their bestie. Or a night at the theatre. OR? A concert. We all remember our first concert! Mine was Huey Lewis and the News. Tell me below what yours was.
9. Kendama. Because all their friends are doing it, so why shouldn’t they jump off the cliff too? Also because it is loads of fun for everyone in the family.
10. Old style music. Like the Polaroid, albums are back. So get them a new turntable and share some old music from your day. After they finish rolling their eyes, you can give them their new, current, albums. It’s all the rage.
11. Gift cards. Because they love them and you are going to pay for it anyway. Food, movies, sports stores, etc. Go ahead and get a head start on their 2015 spending.
Get your kids the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet and they are sure to stop rolling their eyes…at least for a few minutes. The HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet for $99 is available NOW to help shoppers save money and get a jump on upcoming holiday sales. The Microsoft Store is offering the HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet before Black Friday, and it’s currently the only Black Friday product available from the Microsoft Store. All other Black Friday deals will be available Thursday the 20th, but this is a sneak peak.
The HP Stream 7 Signature Edition Tablet comes with Office 365 Personal (with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and 1TB of OneDrive online storage for free, which is a $69.99 VALUE. The free inclusion of Office will only be available throughout the holiday season as long as supplies last.
HEY. Did you forget? Leave me your first concert in the comment section below. Clearly it will be cooler than mine.